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- Publisher : Legacy Road Publishing (January 17, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 326 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0989297977
- ISBN-13 : 978-0989297974
- Item Weight : 1.23 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.82 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,548,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The weather is also crazy, with tornadoes, floods, hail, and killer lightning. Our hero, who remains nameless till the very end, is in Atlanta when everything hits the fan. This is basically his epic story of how he escapes the city, and makes it home.
The man with no name lost someone a few years earlier, and has since become a prepper, and a one-man killing machine. I couldn't decide if he was more like Bruce Lee, the Terminator, or Batman. Maybe superman. On his Epic Quest For Home, he goes around rescuing others, on the say-so of his dead girlfriend, whom he still speaks to.
Still, it was fairly well-written, except for the overuse of the word 'coward', and way too much testosterone.
Results: ok. A little too macho for me.
I didn't like that the main character blew up his family home but understood that it was necessary for him to go on and not give up on living his life.
It was traumatic, sad, funny and hopeful. I read it in one afternoon.
What do you think will happen to us and the world when judgement day happens? And it will. It will.
I knocked it down a star primarily because he talked to ghosts. That's just a annoying. After he started talking to the second ghost, I was worried he'd be talking to a huge gaggle of ghosts by the end of the book. Occasional pop-ins of ghost talking is tolarable, but loooong lengthy discussions get to be annoying. And the second reason I knocked to down a star, is *Spoiler alert* he blew up a major resource he spent half the book trying to achieve! And why would he do this? Ghosts again. ugh.
But there was a lot to like about this book. The ending was hugely climatic and decently written although a bit obvious in how it played out. and the dialog between the train repairmen had me laughing my *** off out loud at 2am while I read. some of the best, funniest stuff I have read in any book, much less in a book from this genre.
I reccomended this book to many friends and it is worthy of the cost of the book.
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This book reminded me of 'The Shack' but in a dystopian setting. It focuses more on the choices previous law abiding people have to make once food, water and medical help becomes scarce. Add to this, not having many of the items or facilities they take for granted because either they don't work or are no longer available and then, for many, to find out there's more to survival skills than operating a microwave. In this way, the story focuses on one man who has already lost the love of his life in a previous power outage; when men who thought everything was theirs for the taking, raped and murdered her. Since that day he prepared for future events and when the ultimate power outage happened he was kitted out and ready to take on the long walk to his late parents' home in the mountains.
From this point on, we learn about solitude, family and protection of family. We also learn about a good man having to make hard choices. Who can you help when there is so little to go around?
The other theme in this story is Mother Nature and all the weird and exaggerated weather she is throwing at everybody. People have to survive giant hailstones, ice storms, heatwaves, and massive hurricanes, and that's just for starters.
Overall, this story put me in mind of the TV programme 'Falling Skies' which I also enjoyed, but without the aliens, just other humans.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It had tension, love and pathos and I'm so glad I already have book #2. I definitely recommend this different perspective of an apocalypse. Also, I saved the best part for last, no zombies! 😲 ☺
Then for the last third it turns into a typical God and Christianity right to bear arms whilst conveniently killing anyone in his way. Of course he survives tremendous injuries e.g. one moment he has a broken wrist then when it is plastered buy a convenient doctor he gets told it will be 4 weeks before the bone will be set yet 2 days later he is fit and killing people again. For some reason he blows up a house in some psychotic episode, a house he has spent a good part of the book trying to get to because it's so precious to him. A couple of days later he is sane and welcomed by a family group of survivors who all think like him but welcome him with open arms even though he hasn't seen them for years.
On the good side the descriptions of societal collapse are convincing even if it's dressed up in some cross between environmentalism, mother nature then the bad guy is a preacher who despite twenty plus men can't kill the lone hero.
A good start to the story an average middle then just silliness.